FIJI VILLAGE TOURS AND CULTURAL TRIPS
TAKE A TRIP INTO THE HEART OF FIJIAN CULTURE
Many guests visiting Royal Davui find that going on a local Fijian village tour is one of the most enlightening and enjoyable experiences you can have whilst in Fiji. Not only do you experience the untouched beauty of Fiji ‘off the beaten path’, but a true highlight is the opportunity to meet local Fijian village members and delight in the joy of the children as they welcome you through their village.
A TYPICAL FIJI VILLAGE TOUR
As you stroll through the local village you’ll be welcomed with open arms. You’ll be surrounded with the cries of ‘Bula!’ from excited children as they run to greet you. Some villagers still live in the traditional ‘bures’ and rely on planting crops and farming for their daily food needs.
A tour from Royal Davui will generally consist of a sevusevu ‘welcome ceremony’ led by the Village chief or leader. Following this your guide will take you for a detailed tour of the village, taking in every detail of the village way of life. This will include their homes, church, common meeting house and the water tanks that Royal Davui built for the community. The water tanks mean that local villagers no longer need to walk for miles to access fresh water.
Without a doubt, a highlight of the tour is the local school house that Royal Davui built for the community some years ago. Not only can you watch a new generation of Fijians being educated, but you’ll surrounded by local children who will happily show you everything there is to know about their village.
WHAT TO KEEP IN MIND FOR YOUR FIJIAN VILLAGE TOUR
- Fijian schools are run on small budgets, are generally very small and have limited access to supplies. If you can, bring along some educational supplies to donate to the school. You can be assured they will be gratefully received and put to good use!
- Avoid bringing candy or lollies of any kind. Small Fijian villages often struggle with dental hygiene, so donations of toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss will be well received!
- When entering the local community or meeting hall, leave your shoes at the door and take off your cap or hat. When seated, cross your legs if possible as a sign of respect to others.
- When partaking in a Kava Ceremony, your Royal Davui guide will outline the general expectations and ritual so you know what to expect and how to respond.
A local Fiji village day trip will be one that will stay in your heart for years to come.